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School trustees tap ‘tiny, perfect mayor’ to mediate in swimming pool dispute

The Globe and Mail  JAMES BRADSHAW  and  Unnati Gandhi   April 17, 2008 Former mayor David Crombie has agreed to step in and mediate stalled talks over the fate of 39 school swimming pools, 23 of which public school board trustees pushed to the brink of closing last night. The involvement of the "tiny, perfect mayor" was part of a surprise motion by Toronto Distr... »

“Kids need to swim” – Minister

“Helping our kids learn to swim is an important part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure that students develop the skills they need to lead healthier, more active lives …..” (full press release below) Hon Sandra Pupatello (then Education Minister)  May 15, 2006 Ministry of Education More Than 30,000 Grade 3 Students To Learn Water Survival Skills  &n... »

Why a group of strangers took the plunge to save school pools

JAMES BRADSHAW Globe and Mail April 15, 2008With a report from James RuskThe struggle to save 39 of Toronto's public school pools hinges on a wide coalition that began to form when a single parents association put out word of the impending closings. Seven weeks ago, a group of strangers accepted an invitation posted in the Allenby Junior Public School association's newsletter to come and d... »

Students take pool fight to Queen’s Park

Tuesday, April 15, 2008  BRIAN GRAY, SUN MEDIA Parents and students are being urged to make a splash. A rally to save the pools in Toronto's public schools drew only a handful of concerned community members to Riverdale Collegiate last evening, but the real pressure is expected during a rally today at Queen's Park. Community members affected by the pool closures are being asked to fil... »

Letter to Wynne re pools

Please write Kathleen Wynne before Wednesday April 16th. Here is one letter we have received: Honourable Kathleen WynneMinistry of Education 900 Bay St, 22nd Floor, Mowat Block Toronto ON M7A 1L2  Fax : (416) 325-6348      kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org Dear Honourable Kathleen Wynne,In this day of rampant childhood obesity and related escalating health problems, it is... »

Queens Park rally Tuesday

Queens Park Rally to Save School PoolsHost:    OFFICIAL PETITION TO STOP THE CLOSURE OF TORONTO SCHOOL POOLS facebook groupTuesday, April 15, 2008  10:00am – 3:00pmQueens Park (Media Gallery and Public Gallery)  Toronto, ON Effective June 2008, the Toronto District School Board will be closing 23pools. Additional pools have been identified to close effective June 200... »

Pulling the Plug

Anthony Lieu is heartbroken he won't be able to join the swim team again next year because the Toronto District School Board is pulling the plug on pools to balance their books. The 15-year-old Riverdale Collegiate Institute student was one of more than 1,000 students at the school who walked out of classes yesterday to protest the closing of their pool. "My sport is gone. I feel really b... »

TCDSB trustee search

DON PEAT, SUN MEDIA Calling all Toronto Catholic board trustee wannabes.   The TCDSB is inviting all willing and eligible candidates to submit applications to replace ousted trustee Christine Nunziata. Trustees voted to remove Nunziata from her Ward 6 seat after missing four board meetings and following repeated reports by the Sun of her years of expensing meals, booze and vacations. App... »

Synchronized protest

Parents synchronize efforts to protest pool closingsMoms and dads – some in swim goggles – plan to pack meeting, in a multiple-stage bid to keep the pools open JAMES BRADSHAW   Globe and Mail  April 10, 2008 Trustees of Canada's largest public school board are bracing for an onslaught of outraged parents at tonight's board meeting as they take a further step towa... »

mass walkout for pools

CityNews.ca  April 10, 2008 Parents and students joined together in a loud protest to save their school pools on Thursday, but their collective voice did little to sway the cash-strapped Toronto District School Board. The TDSB made the surprise announcement last week that it was planning to shut down 34 of the swimming holes at the end of this year and another 16 in 2009 as a means to save mo... »

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